WEEKLY EMAIL: APRIL 22, 2010
FEATURED THIS WEEK : JANE MARGOLIES
With much fanfare, the Swedish division of Volkswagen recently announced the outcome of its Fun Theory innovation challenge. The announcement took place at a real news conference, held in an actual Volkswagen showroom in Stockholm, with the grand-prize winner, American Kevin Richardson, receiving a bona fide check in the amount of about $3,500 for his proposal to reward drivers who stick to the speed limit by giving them a chance to win a lottery jackpot. The press event was the latest chapter in Volkswagen's Fun Theory campaign, launched this past fall to encourage consumers to associate the company's BlueMotion turbo-diesel vehicles with the idea of enjoyment — with almost all of the campaign taking place not in the "real world" but the virtual realm of the internet.
Blogger Geoff Manaugh is the acknowledged auteur of architecture fiction. On BLDGBLOG, Manaugh reads our built — and unbuilt — environments like a cultural radiologist, scanning them for evidence of social pathologies, symptoms of the post-apocalyptic. It's the thrillingly sci-fi sweep of Manaugh's critical worldview that makes "Landscapes of Quarantine," the group show he curated with Nicola Twilley, so disappointing.
A furniture show and collection riffs on the similarity of the Portuguese words luxo (luxury) and lixo (rubbish).
CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE
Report on "Rising Currents," an exhibition of New York City design solutions to the flooding predicted by climate change experts, which will be on view at the Museum of Modern Art, March 24–August 9, 2010.
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